To be different and assert your own identity, you need more courage. Members of the LGBTQ community have had this struggle throughout their lives. Such a struggle could put them under enormous pressure. The prolonged struggle to thrive under social stigma could be quite tiring.
Research around the world has proven that members of the LGBTQ community face more mental health issues than heterosexuals. The stigma, prejudice and discrimination they face because they are different lead them to these mental health issues, researchers say.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder. Homosexuality as a mental disorder was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Second Edition, by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973.
It took almost two decades longer for the World Health Organization to recognize homosexuality as normal. But, the disposition of society towards members of the community persists.
Community studies show that members of the LGBTQ community suffer from mental problems such as substance use disorders, affective disorders and suicidal thoughts. A 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that community members consider suicide almost three times more than heterosexual community members.
Community members specifically suffer from what is called “minority stress”. It is a condition of living in hostile environments as minorities. They are bullied in schools or educational institutions. Sexual assault is a very common thing that they come across.
Some of the common mental health issues the community suffers from are depression and anxiety. LGBTQ youth are likely to experience 1.75 times more anxiety and depression. The transgender community is even more vulnerable because it suffers from anxiety and depression 2.4 times higher, the TREVOR project survey revealed.
Mainstream society still frowns on same-sex marriages. The institution of family or intimacy that the heterosexual community takes for granted is a luxury for them. Lack of love, recognition and approval puts them at risk of an identity crisis, feelings of rejection and hopelessness.
The situation is not much different in India either. On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court rejected Article 377 which criminalized homosexuality. He overturned the previous judgment in 2013 and legalized homosexuality. The LQBTQ community in India celebrated this victory in getting rid of the Victorian era shackles put around them.
But the decision didn’t help much towards the outlook for the company as a whole. Community members continue to suffer from a hostile climate in India. They stay on the sidelines.
To make matters worse, mental health issues are considered taboo in the country. Seeking help with a mental health issue is not well received by peers or family members here. Imagine the fate of the LQBTQ community in this context. In addition, little psychiatric literature is available in India on LGBTQ.
A lot of catching up is needed in India when it comes to mental health issues. The distance is even greater for LGBTQ people when it comes to mental health in the country.
Despite all hostilities, community members thrive and are resilient. All they need is recognition and love from their families, loved ones and loved ones. Humanity is more important than sexual orientation or the complications that surround them.
Meaningful coexistence makes the world more beautiful. LGBTQ people rightly keep the rainbow as their color. Lots of colors make a beautiful rainbow. It’s time to recognize these differences and make this world a better place for everyone.